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Bell partners with City for inaugural Mayor's Innovation Challenge competition for post-secondary students

February 26, 2018 -

On March 2, teams of post-secondary students will pitch their innovative ideas to address one of three municipal challenges faced by the City of Kingston in hopes of winning the Mayor's Innovation Challenge.

"I am excited to hear the fresh and innovative ideas that our post-secondary students have come up with. This competition is about bringing more innovation into the municipal sphere and helping our students develop the skills and experience to launch them into their careers," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "I'm proud that, with the help of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre, we have been able to include an additional prize, allowing two teams of students to team take action on their ideas to improve Kingston. I'm also grateful for Bell's support, which allowed us to get this exciting project off the ground."

The pitch competition will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Each team will make a 10-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. The winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m. The competition is open to the public. Please register at or follow the action on social at #MIC18.

Winners get valuable experience

Each winning team will be given a four-month paid internship with the City of Kingston to implement their project with a $10,000 budget and support from City mentors. An additional team of post-secondary students will also have an opportunity, sponsored by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre, to receive a $7,000 stipend per team member for the summer, $4,000 in seed capital for the idea and access to summer programming at the Queen's Innovation Summer Initiative.

Other Mayor's Innovation Challenge partners include: Bell, Queen's Centre for Advanced Computing, the Queen's Centre for Social Impact and St. Lawrence College.

About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

Twitter: @CityofKingston


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